(TORONTO – March 15, 2018) The Canadian Women’s Hockey League proudly announces the award nominees for the 2019 CWHL Awards Show, presented by the National Hockey League Players’ Association. The night honouring the greatest performances and accomplishments is set to take place on March 22nd at Ryerson University`s Mattamy Athletic Centre. To be a part of the celebration, tickets can be purchased by visiting thecwhl.com/clarksoncup2019.
Angela James Bowl
Marie Philip Poulin – Les Canadiennes #29
Poulin scored a league-leading 50 points (26 G, 27 A), only the 4th Canadiennes to do so. The Montreal captain led the team to a 2nd place finish, only 4 points out of a first. Marie-Philip won this award in 2017 and 2016.
Chairman’s Trophy (awarded to the regular season champions)
Capturing their second Chairman`s trophy in franchise history, the Inferno secured first place on the final weekend of the regular season finishing off the season with a 25-4-1.
Rookie of the Year (nominees)
Rebecca Leslie – Calgary Inferno #16
Rebecca Leslie was drafted in the second round by the Calgary Inferno. playing in 27 games and earning 26 points. She finished 4th in the team’s standings and 11th overall with 11 goals and 15 assists.
Victoria Bach– Markham Thunder #12
Victoria Bach was the first-round draft pick by the Markham Thunder. Bach is fourth overall in points and finished the season with 32 points from 19 goals and 13 assists.
Sarah Nurse – Toronto Furies #16
Nurse was drafted in the first round by the Toronto Furies. She led the way for the Furies with 14 goals and 12 assists, finishing 9th overall in the CWHL with 26 points.
Defenceman of the Year (nominees)
Kacey Bellamy – Calgary Inferno #22
Bellamy notched 21 points this season in 26 games played, making her the highest-scoring defender on the Inferno. She also had the lowest number of even-strength goals-against with 10 total.
Erin Ambrose – Les Canadiennes de Montréal #14
Having her best season in the CWHL, Ambrose played in 26 games recording 24 points with 6 goals and 18 assists proving she is just as capable offensively.
Laura Fortino – Markham Thunder #8
This season, Fortino has been strong for the Thunder with 18 points in 26 games played. She ended the 2018/2019 regular season with 5 goals and 13 assists.
Goaltender of the Year (nominees)
Alex Rigsby – Calgary Inferno # 1
CWHL Rookie Alex Rigsby joined the Inferno this season playing in 17 games earning 14 wins, 2 losses and 1 overtime loss. Rigsby finished the season with a 2.04 goals against average and a 0.916 save percentage.
Emerance Maschmeyer – Les Canadiennes de Montréal #38
Maschmeyer finished off the regular season as the top goalie in the CWHL with 15 wins and ended the 2018-19 regular season first in goals against average (1.45%) and highest save percentage (0.935).
Noora Räty – Kunlun Red Star #41
Räty played 20 games for the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays collecting 8 wins and 12 losses. She finished the 2018/2019 season third in the standings with a 2.46% goals against average and a 0.921 save percentage. Noora won this award last year.
Jayna Hefford Trophy (players-voted MVP)
Brianne Jenner– Calgary Inferno #19
Jenner is having her best season yet, earning 32 points to help lead the way for the Inferno and the league finishing 5th overall.
Emerance Maschmeyer– Les Canadiennes de Montreal #38
Maschmeyer led the standings this season with 15-4-1 in 20 games played. With 4 shutouts this season and 2 in the playoffs, she has become one of the hardest goalies to score against.
Marie-Philip Poulin– Les Canadiennes de Montreal #29
Montreal Captain Marie-Philip Poulin has led Les Canadiennes to a Clarkson Cup final in every one of the 4 seasons she has played in the league. This season she became the 4th Canadiennes to reach 50 points in a season and is the league’s points leader. Marie won this award in 2016.
Coach of the Year (nominees)
Ryan Hilderman – Calgary Inferno
Jim Jackson – Markham Thunder
Courtney Kessel – Toronto Furies
Rebecca Johnston – Calgary Inferno #6
As Captain of the Inferno, Johnston has led a hungry Inferno squad to a first place finished and to another Clarkson Cup final. She is third in the league with 39 points from 15 goals and 24 assists. Johnston previously won this award in 2015.
Marie-Philip Poulin – Les Canadiennes de Montreal #29
Montreal Captain Marie-Philip Poulin has led Les Canadiennes to a Clarkson Cup final in every one of the 4 seasons she has played in the league. This season she became the 4th Canadiennes to reach 50 points in a season and is the league’s points leader. Marie won this award in 2017 and 2016.
Natalie Spooner – Toronto Furies #24
Natalie Spooner paved the way for the Furies this season leading the team with 26 points finishing 8th overall. Spooner captained her team through a tough end of the regular season and was was a motivating force in the Furies race for the playoffs.
Humanitarian of the Year
Purchase tickets for the 2019 Clarkson Cup Weekend including the 2019 CWHL Awards Show and the Clarkson Cup Final by visiting thecwhl.com/clarksoncup2019.